A closer look at how var­i­ous sus­pen­sion up­grades dif­fer...

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BILSTEIN is a name syn­ony­mous with Ford tun­ing, so we headed to Le­ices­ter to meet up with their UK Af­ter­mar­ket Man­ager, Aaron Quil­ter. Hav­ing been at the UK com­pany from its early be­gin­nings in 2000, Aaron is very proud to be what is known at the com­pany in­ter­nally, as a ‘BILSTEINer’. You only need take a swift glance at the place to see why he has ev­ery right to be more than sat­is­fied with his cho­sen work­ing en­vi­ron­ment. BILSTEIN UK is like a mil­i­tary op­er­a­tion.

So, how has BILSTEIN built one of the most recog­nis­able brands in the Fast Ford and mo­tor­sports world? Back in 1961 BILSTEIN en­tered in to motorsport and this has played an im­por­tant part in BILSTEIN the driv­ing dy­nam­ics of to­day’s road go­ing cars. Why? We’ll al­low St­ef­fen Zacharias, BILSTEIN’s Direc­tor of Motorsport, to ex­plain. “For nearly 50 years, the Nür­bur­gring and its Nord­schleife in par­tic­u­lar has been one of the most im­por­tant tracks for BILSTEIN’s shock absorber de­vel­op­ment.” Re­veals St­ef­fen. “The level of var­ied de­mands a sus­pen­sion sys­tem has to cope with, can, quite sim­ply, be found at no other cir­cuit. The Nür­bur­gring Nord­schleife rep­re­sents the op­ti­mum race­track for BILSTEIN to demon­strate our com­pe­tence in the shock­ab­sorber de­vel­op­ment area.”

It’s this pur­suit of ab­so­lute ex­cel­lence that fil­ters down through

“Th­ese TüV ap­proved B12 kits are Nür­bur­gring tested for max­i­mum per­for­mance and re­li­a­bil­ity”

ev­ery­thing that the com­pany does. Let’s get the low­down on BILSTEIN’s most pop­u­lar prod­uct lines…


The B12 prod­uct line of­fers two dif­fer­ent choices of low­er­ing: There’s the ‘Lemon & Herb’ ProKit and the ‘Medium’ Sport­line. Both fall into BILSTEIN’s Street Per­for­mance cat­e­gory. Both op­tions of­fer the per­fect ‘Stage 1’ kit to lower your car and get that sporty look and driv­abil­ity. The formula: Four high-per­for­mance shock ab­sorbers, four springs, best tun­ing and BILSTEIN ex­per­tise.

The B12 Pro-Kit al­lows ve­hi­cles to be low­ered up to 40mm. The kit has the per­fect com­bi­na­tion of sporty driv­ing dy­nam­ics and aes­thet­ics all teamed-up with top qual­ity Ger­man en­gi­neer­ing to OE stan­dards. This B12 kits con­sist of BILSTEIN B8 high-per­for­mance shock ab­sorbers that are per­fectly matched with Eibach springs for an op­ti­mal ride.

The B12 Sport­line kit is built for road lovers. It’s the per­fect so­lu­tion for those want­ing near OE-lev­els of com­fort but also want max­i­mum low­er­ing whilst still be­ing able to lean on the loud pedal down a B-road. Low­er­ing the car up to 50mm this sophisticated shock and spring kit is per­fectly matched to work in har­mony with your car. Un­like the shock and spring kits we might be used to, both th­ese TüV ap­proved B12 kits are Nür­bur­gring tested for max­i­mum per­for­mance and re­li­a­bil­ity, which is pretty much un­heard of at this price bracket.


B16 is the sec­ond tier of the BILSTEIN coil- over range, sit­ting just above the non-ad­justable B14 units, B16 fea­tures an ef­fec­tive sin­gle point damp­ing ad­just­ment. This easy-to-use wheel al­lows a par­al­lel ad­just­ment of both bump and re­bound. Sim­ply put – you can never con­fuse the set­tings, each click de­liv­ers a per­fectly matched re­bound and bump set­ting, each one softer or harder than the last and al­lows you to ad­just the per­for­mance to your in­di­vid­ual taste. This damp­ing ad­just­ment technology is known as ‘1-way’ ad­just­ment. Ride height is fully ad­justable on the car via BILSTEIN’s unique round thread sys­tem. Com­pared to tra­di­tional threads, th­ese threads are round and do not have any sharp edges. This means that the thread is less sus­cep­ti­ble to wear caused by dirt or road salt.

With TüV ap­proved low­er­ing ranges and a host of cor­ro­sion re­sis­tant fea­tures in the body, BILSTEIN coil- overs are some of the most ro­bust on the mar­ket, out­last­ing com­peti­tor’s of­fer­ings in the fa­mous Ger­man salt spray test. This means that with a lit­tle love your BILSTEIN coil- overs will re­main free spin­ning and ad­justable for years to come.

All B16 coilover kits fea­ture monotube or upside- down monotube damper technology. What does this mean? Whether driv­ing in poor driv­ing con­di­tions, sporty driv­ing, or com­pet­i­tive mo­tor­sports, BILSTEIN monotube technology pro­vides greater

damp­ing power due to the larger sur­face area of the pis­ton. This re­sults in im­proved han­dling, con­sis­tent per­for­mance, and longer ser­vice life. In­creased in­stal­la­tion flex­i­bil­ity al­lows en­gi­neers to find the op­ti­mum mount­ing po­si­tion. BILSTEIN also uses upside- down monotube technology which al­lows the pis­ton rod to be in­stalled at the bot­tom of the shock tube body. A wear-re­sis­tant chromium tube moves up and down freely by in­cor­po­rat­ing low fric­tion bear­ings. Both the sup­port and lat­eral forces are dis­trib­uted across a larger area than in twin­tube sys­tems, and the tor­sional strength of the con­nec­tion be­tween the wheel and ve­hi­cle body is in­creased.


Club­sport sounds fast, doesn’t it? Well that’s be­cause it is, BILSTEIN Club­sport is geared to­wards the real track- day en­thu­si­ast and trans­lates years of motorsport ex­pe­ri­ence and

race win­ning technology into a coil- over for you to en­joy. With over 100 dif­fer­ent damper set­ting vari­a­tions pos­si­ble, in­di­vid­ual bump and re­bound ad­just­ment and cam­ber ad­justable top mounts BILSTEIN Club­sport should have any real driver drool­ing.

De­spite all the ad­just­ment on of­fer BILSTEIN hasn’t made Club­sport hard to use, with an in­ge­nious colour cod­ing sys­tem – blue for bump, red for re­bound. This ‘2-way ad­justable sys­tem’ makes on the fly ad­just­ments at the cir­cuit a breeze and when cou­pled with a light­weight alu­minium con­struc­tion makes the Club­sport a sure-fire win­ner in our eyes.


So, you’ve bought a car with elec­tron­i­cally ad­justable dampers, you’re stuck with just a spring kit to lower it right? Wrong. Peo­ple after a lower ride height and more driv­ing in­volve­ment can also keep elec­tron­i­cally switch­able sus­pen­sion with BILSTEIN’s height ad­justable Dam­pTronic® Range.

Just like the orig­i­nal sys­tem it re­places, BILSTEIN Dam­pTronic® fea­tures con­stantly vari­able damp­ing, by us­ing wheel speed sen­sors, sus­pen­sion force sen­sors and en­gine con­trol sen­sors to ad­just the damp­ing to suit the road sur­face just like the OE damper. At the touch of a but­ton damp­ing rate can be al­tered be­tween the BILSTEIN com­fort and BILSTEIN sport set­tings. This is a pop­u­lar op­tion for peo­ple who visit track- days like Nür­bur­gring and Spa where a dual damp­ing char­ac­ter­is­tic keeps a com­fort­able road ride to and from the cir­cuit, and a fan­tas­tic per­for­mance when on track too. This coil- over sys­tem that in­te­grates with fac­tory elec­tron­ics damp­ing will be the per­fect so­lu­tion for Mk3 Fo­cus RS own­ers want­ing to re­tain the ‘Nor­mal’ and ‘Track’ ad­justa­bil­ity at the touch of a but­ton.

Words and photos: Scene Media

BILSTEIN’s roundthread sys­tem and anti-cor­ro­sion treat­ment helps pre­vent the threads from ceas­ing over time

B12 kits are avail­able as Pro-Kit or Sport­line op­tions

B16 coil-overs sit just above the B14 range as they of­fer ad­justable damp­ing rates, on a sin­gle ad­juster

B16 coil-overs use a monotube de­sign for best per­for­mance

Club­sport al­lows you to ad­just the bump and re­bound set­tings in­de­pen­dently of each other

Dam­pTronic® al­lows the use of softer ‘road’ set­tings, and firmer ‘sport’ set­tings at the touch of a but­ton

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